Color Knitting Project
In October, 2015, I created an system I call Color Knitting. Working with the color knitting system I created has been helping me to understand what it means to be a Japanese person living in this contemporary world. My artwork strives to combine images specific to traditional Japanese culture and references to tropes recognizable to the world effected by consumerism. To make my Color Knitting Paintings, I create patterns with paint by way of cross-hatching color and strips, creating patterns inspired by Japanese fabrics and baskets. For example, my color palette for this series has drawn exclusively from the colors of the toys I bought at Toys r us. However, these colors can be seen universally in all westernized societies.
The compositions for my series of system paintings are developed entirely through Chigirie, a Japanese traditional paper collage method achieved through the tarring and gluing of colored paper to form an arrangements. While the square format of my canvases are derived from the shape of origami paper. Within my paintings, I also maintain hand-painted quality and slight irregularities/fluctuations in line to allow for a sense of what the Japanese call Wabisabi, meaning the beauty of impermanence and the balance of perfection and imperfection.